Arlo Security System protects your home with just one type of sensor


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It’s been making cameras for years, but at this year’s CES, Arlo added that missing security component: the Arlo Security System DIY alarm.

While most smart alarm systems, such as the Ring Alarm, have multiple sensors, the Arlo security system is much simpler and only has the all-in-one sensors, which multitask. According to the company, each sensor can detect movement, door and window openings, water leaks and smoke / CO alarms, as well as monitor light and temperature.

Of course, the sensors are wireless, so you should be able to quickly set them up anywhere you want them to go.

The heart of the system is the Arlo keypad, which acts as a siren and motion sensor. Although it provides traditional PIN control of your alarm system, the keypad also has built-in NFC technology, so you can turn off the alarm with a single tap on your phone.

As with cameras, such as the Arlo Pro 4, the Arlo security system is managed through the Arlo Secure app. Combined with an Arlo secure plan, the company says you get professional alarm system monitoring, in addition to smart motion detection and cloud storage for cameras.

Arlo hasn’t said how much the product will cost, but combo sensors like the ones used here tend to be more expensive than stand-alone motion and window / door sensors. That was certainly the case with the all-in-one sensors used by the discontinued Nest Secure smart alarm.

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Arlo also announced its Matter compatibility. A new smart home standard, Matter is designed to make smart devices easy to operate across multiple platforms like HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home. Not that Arlo has been particularly behind on that front, with its cameras already supported by those three systems plus SmartThings and IFTTT.

The alarm will arrive in the UK, although I am waiting for all the details. Here in the UK (and the rest of Europe), Arlo is managed by Verisure, which offers its own monitored alarm product that integrates with cameras. I asked to see how the new system will fit into the existing offering. I will update this article as soon as I have a response.

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